Charter school bills: A bill requiring school districts to share capital funding with charter schools is heading to the House floor. The bill also would penalize schools that spend more on construction than is allowed under state law. Politico Florida. Miami Herald. Sun-Sentinel. WFSU. The Florida League of Women Voters says the bill that sets up a state-appointed board controlling charter schools is “an egregious attack on public schools.” Miami Herald. News Service of Florida.
Other education bills: Votes on several other education bills are expected today in the House. Among them: making the teacher bonuses program permanent and giving principals more autonomy over struggling schools. Also up for a vote is a bill requiring mandatory recess in elementary schools, but it appears to be dead in the Senate. Politico Florida.
Pledge of Allegiance: Students would be notified in a school handbook about their right to opt out of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, under a bill approved by a House committee. Excused students would not be forced to stand or place their hand over their hearts. AP, via Palm Beach Post.
School funding formula: A bill that would change the state’s formula for funding school districts is not expected to pass, according to the sponsor. Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yalah, says he will try again in the next session. Daily Commercial.
Suspensions questioned: Officials from the Flagler branch of the NAACP want access to school records so they can check complaints about the district’s out-of-school suspensions for black students. Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Staff restructuring: Palm Beach County School Superintendent Robert Avossa is cutting 58 jobs from the school’s district offices and redirecting the $4.5 million savings to the district’s poorest 66 schools. Palm Beach Post.